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Research Archive

Welcome to our Chinese medicine and acupuncture research news pages. We add to the content of these pages continuously as more research news comes in. Browse through the complete archive below or use the category links on the right.

Please note that the most twenty recent research archive items are free to view but access to the thousands of items in the archive require a journal subscription.

Abdominal acupuncture is an effective treatment for neck pain, according to researchers from Hong Kong ...

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Acupuncture-related lifestyle advice helps patients with chronic neck pain improve the way they care for themselves and is associated with reductions in pain and disability ...

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Tai chi and conventional neck exercises are equally effective in improving pain and quality of life in people suffering from chronic neck pain, reports an international group of authors ...

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A Cochrane database systematic review has concluded that there is moderate-quality evidence supporting acupuncture for the relief of neck pain ...

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Acupuncture may be useful to patients suffering from neck and shoulder pain following surgical treatment for cervical lymphatic metastases ...

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A Taiwanese study supports cupping therapy (CT) as an effective treatment for chronic neck and shoulder pain (NSP) ...

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Auricular acupuncture (AA) has an immediate effect on the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the upper trapezius muscle in patients with nonspecific neck pain (NS-NP) ...

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Pain intensity and cervical range of motion improves in women with myofascial pain who are treated with acupuncture ...

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Acupressure at distal acupuncture points associated with alleviating shoulder pain have specific beneficial effects on blood flow and oxygenation of the trapezius muscle as well as autonomic nervous activity, a research team from Japan has concluded...

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Patients with upper extremity pain and paraesththesia due to cervical spondylotic radiculopathy (CSR) can benefit from acupuncture treatment. In a pilot study carried out in Japan, 15 subjects diagnosed with CSR and upper extremity pain and/or

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Just one session of acupuncture treatment can result in improvement in pain sensitivity for patients with chronic whiplash-associated disorders (WAD), according to a Belgian study.

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Electroacupuncture (EA) is associated with a significant reduction in pain intensity in chronic whiplash, according to Australian researchers, however this may not equate to clinical significance.

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Italian researchers have investigated the ‘dose’ of acupuncture that is necessary to achieve an adequate analgesic effect in patients with cervical myofascial pain syndrome (MPS)

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A German team has compared qigong and exercise therapy in patients with chronic neck pain. One hundred and twenty-three patients with chronic neck pain (VAS ? 40 mm) were randomised to six months (18 sessions) of either qigong or exercise therapy, or

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Qigong and exercise therapy are both effective at reducing chronic neck pain. 122 patients, mean age 44, with long-term, nonspecific neck pain were randomised to either group qigong lessons, or individualised exercise therapy. Patients received a

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A randomised placebo-controlled study carried out at three University out-patient departments in Germany, compared the use of massage, acupuncture and sham laser on 177 patients with chronic neck pain. All patients received five treatments. The ac

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A study published in the British Medical Journal shows that acupuncture is an effective short term treatment for patients with chronic neck pain. A total of 177 patients with chronic neck pain were randomly allocated to five treatments of three diffe

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A small Norwegian study has found that acupuncture can have significant long term effects in reducing neck pain. 24 female office workers with chronic neck and shoulder pain were randomly assigned to receive acupuncture to either true points or to no

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A review of ten different trials has concluded that there is evidence that acupuncture can relieve chronic neck pain. Different trials found that i. Acupuncture offered better pain relief than sham Tens or sham laser or sham acupuncture (needles inse

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Acupuncture combined with physiotherapy has been compared with acupuncture alone and physiotherapy alone as a treatment for tension neck syndrome. A prospective, comparative clinical trial involving 46 patients was carried out in Spain. Patients were

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Myofascial jaw pain can be significantly reduced by a single acupuncture treatment at Hegu L.I.-4. Twenty-eight subjects with chronic myofascial pain of the jaw muscles were randomised to receive real or sham acupuncture. Prior to treatment, each sub

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A study has analysed postural changes after acupuncture treatment in a group of 15 patients with balance disorders caused by cervical torsion due to whiplash injury. The treatment consisted of 3 once-weekly sessions during which points Tianzhu BL-10

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